3 hours


  • Experience a peaceful visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel after the daytime crowds have left.
  • Hear fascinating stories of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel to prepare you for your visit.
  • Bypass the long lines at the Vatican Museums to spend more time exploring.
  • Marvel at legendary masterpieces such as the Raphael Rooms and Gallery of the Maps.

Tour description

See the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without crowds.

Experience the Sistine Chapel and the highlights of the Vatican Museums at one of its quieter moments of the day. With afternoon entry three hours before closing time, you’ll enjoy a relaxing visit and avoid the large crowds that typically fill the halls in peak daytime hours.

Following a specially curated route, you'll see some of the most beautiful and fascinating works of art and architecture in the world on this afternoon Vatican tour. Not only does this tour cover the must-sees at the Vatican Museums, it also gives you an insider's perspective on the bigger picture: power and politics in Vatican City.

Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums.

In order to make the most of every moment on your afternoon Vatican tour, you'll have privileged entrance at the Vatican Museums. This means you'll skip the notoriously long general access line—which, during high season, often stretches for hours. Throughout your tour, your expert guide will bring the Vatican’s dramatic past to life. From the Raphael Rooms to the statue galleries and the unmissable Sistine Chapel, you'll see the best the Museums have to offer without jostling for space and while hearing the stories and context behind the art from your expert guide.

Small groups of 15 or fewer keep your Vatican tour casual and engaging.

Smaller and more intimate than many similar tours on the market, you'll have fantastic access to your expert guide to ask them all your burning questions with ease. All of our guides are knowledgeable, passionate storytellers who are specially trained to give you a real sense of the drama and power that has played out in these very halls.

This small group afternoon Vatican tour ensures that you avoid the crowds with strategically timed afternoon entry and eliminates waiting in line to see all the highlights of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel.

Sites visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Ancient Greek & Roman sculptures
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries


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Apr 06, 2024

Our guide was very well educated on many aspects of the artifacts, as well as the museums themselves. He was extremely affable and peppered our tour with interesting cultural notes.


Oct 31, 2023

Frank was very knowledgeable and engaging, great tour guide!


Oct 27, 2023

The Vatican tour was one we anticipated would be wonderful. Our tour guide, Sev, made it exceed our expectations. He was one of the best tour guides we have had. It was clear he loved the history and was a wealth of information. He also did a fantastic job of giving directions and keeping the group together. I highly recommend this tour, but be prepared for a taxing climb if you go up the dome. Definitely glad we did that part but it was a lot of steps up and many were tight and narrow. Sev was the perfect tour guide to guide us through the Vatican and all of its history.


Oct 20, 2023

Marco did amazing! His passion of history and art showed and made our tour all the more better and memorable!


Oct 17, 2023

Well-rounded tour that takes you through all the important spots in Vatican in a few hours. It could benefit from lasting a while longer, so we could have enough time to truly appreciate everything—especially the Vatican Museums part, which is rather rushed. The guide is very knowledgeble and was worried about providing everyone with a good experience.

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